Tuesday, October 5

Bremer Criticizes Troop Levels:

The former U.S. official who governed Iraq after the invasion said yesterday that the United States made two major mistakes: not deploying enough troops in Iraq and then not containing the violence and looting immediately after the ouster of Saddam Hussein.

Administration officials have tried to counter Bremer's remarks by stating more or less, "He never told us we needed more troops," but further down in the article:

In a Sept. 17 speech at DePauw University, Bremer said he frequently raised the issue within the administration and "should have been even more insistent" when his advice was spurned because the situation in Iraq might be different today. "The single most important change -- the one thing that would have improved the situation -- would have been having more troops in Iraq at the beginning and throughout" the occupation, Bremer said, according to the Banner-Graphic in Greencastle, Ind.

On CNN this morning, correspondent Barbara Starr described the administration as "testy" and "defensive" over Bremer's remarks.

Now, really. The Bushies have repeated ad nauseum "the generals don't need more troops or they'd say so," but who believes that? A general ALWAYS wants more troops. The truth is, they don't know where to get them without leaving us seriously short-staffed in other vulnerable places around the globe.

These people lie like they breathe.


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